Orioles' Manny Machado to have knee surgery

Third baseman Manny Machado to have season-ending knee surgery

Third baseman Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles has decided to have season-ending surgery on his ailing right knee.

Machado was injured on a swing against the New York Yankees on Aug. 11, crumpling to the ground. He tried rest in an effort to return to the team but said the knee isn't getting better.

"There's nothing else we can do," Machado said Saturday. "Only thing is going in there and fixing it up. It's just something it didn't get any better at all."

Machado, 22, was an All-Star and won a Gold Glove last year in his first full season in the majors. He played in every game before suffering an injury to his left knee and sat out the final week of the season. He had surgery on that knee in October.

Machado did not play in a regular-season game this year until May 1. In 82 games, he hit .278 with 12 home runs and 32 runs batted in.

Red Sox announce signing of Cuban defector Rusney Castillo

The Boston Red Sox signed outfielder Rusney Castillo, a Cuban defector,

to a seven-year contract. Several reports indicated the deal is worth $72.5 million.

Castillo, 27, hit .324 in 2011 and .332 in 2012, during his best two years in Cuba.


Nationals' Doug Fister had surgery for skin cancer

A day after Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister said he recently had surgery to remove skin cancer from his neck, Manager Matt Williams said players and coaches are very aware they're at risk for the disease.

Williams said it's a big issue in baseball because there's constant exposure to the sun.

Fister pitched six innings Friday night in a 10-3 loss to San Francisco. He was asked after the game about what appeared to be a cut on his neck. He said he had some skin cancer removed a couple of days earlier, and that he was OK.

Indians acquire catcher from Rangers

The Cleveland Indians acquired catcher Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers for future considerations and put catcher Yan Gomes on the seven-day concussion list.

Gimenez, 31, is expected to join the Indians on Sunday. He batted .262 in 34 games with the Rangers before being designated for assignment Aug. 7. He was assigned to triple-A Round Rock after being taken off the Rangers' roster.

Gimenez was drafted by Cleveland in 2004 and spent parts of the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Indians. He also has played with Seattle and Tampa Bay and has a career .215 average.

Gomes, hit on the mask Thursday after a pitch deflected off Minnesota's Kurt Suzuki, was still experiencing symptoms after taking part in some light activity Friday and Saturday.


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